carrie preston the following 'The Following' casts 'True Blood's' Carrie Preston to guest star

Now that “True Blood” is ending, it’s time for the stars to move on to new projects. Redheaded waitress Arlene (Carrie Preston) isn’t known for her good decision-making, and that is about to transfer over to Preston’s latest gig.

“The Following” just cast Preston as a guest star for the highly-anticipated second season of the Fox serial killer thriller, E! Online reports. 

So will Preston be friend or foe to Agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon)? Since she’s set to play Judy, presumed-dead serial killer Joe Carroll’s (James Purefoy) most loyal groupie, we’re pretty sure she won’t be Ryan’s biggest ally.

The Season 2 cast of “The Following” keeps getting bigger. Other recent castings include J.D. Williams as Carlos, a follower of Joe’s who resurfaces in New York City, and Tehmina Sunny will play Melissa, a new friend in Ryan’s life. Playing an old, trusted friend of Ryan’s is “Dexter’s” Keith Carradine, and fellow “Dexter” alum Sam Underwood will play a dark and complicated young man (no word on whether or not he’s a follower). James McDaniel will play FBI agent Ken Phillips, and Valerie Cruz will play an NYPD detective. “Gladiator” star Connie Nielsen will play Ryan’s new love interest. “90210’s” Jessica Stroup will play Ryan’s niece, and Tiffany Boone will cause Ryan grief as a new follower.

“The Following” is set to return in January 2014.

Posted by:Sydney Bucksbaum